WOONSOCKET â Lawyers for Raymond D. Tempest Sr. are asking a Superior Court judge to throw out his second-degree murder conviction in the grisly 1982 bludgeoning death of a young Providence Street woman, saying DNA from hair the victim was clutching in her hand came from someone other than Tempest and proves he wasnât the assailant.
The newly discovered DNA evidence is part of a multi-pronged attack on Tempestâs conviction in the killing of Doreen C. Picard, a crime that spawned scores of headlines and captivated the attention of the city for years. In a 77-page legal brief filed several days ago, Tempestâs lawyers say the DNA evidence sinks the stateâs theory of the case and proves the star witness was lying.
The legal papers also allege that state breached Tempestâs right to a fair trial by deliberately withholding evidence pointing toward his innocence; that police coached and coerced witnesses; that prosecutors knowingly permitted false testimony to be introduced during the trial; and that Tempestâs defense lawyer, the late William A. Dimitri Jr., failed to do a sufficiently thorough job of exposing the flaws in the stateâs case or impeaching its witnesses.
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